Recap: Supernatural Episode 6.16 – And Then There Were None

They get out in the hall area and Dean turns to his brother.

Dean: What is wrong with you?

Sam: Maybe he knows something.

Dean: You don’t remember what he did. I do.

That kinda got to me—the vocal admission that something that happened to them while Sam was RoboSam having a lasting effect on Dean. All he’s said up to that point was that it didn’t matter, it wasn’t Sam, don’t think about it, don’t remember it. But this time—largely due to the fact that it wasn’t Sam who hurt him, and, in point of fact, actually saved him—he can’t help himself. He is so wound up from the anger and betrayal at seeing that man again, he just lets loose the fact that it messed him up, even if Sam can’t remember.

Sam: I’m not saying don’t; I’m saying not yet.

Dean glowers at him, turns and walks away. Sam goes back into the room where Bobby has his weapon trained on Samuel.

Bobby: So. You’re Samuel.

Samuel: You must be the guy pretending to be their father.

*GRRR!* Forget smacking him. I wanted to rip his head off at that point.

Bobby: Somebody ought to.

I was just dying to know how Dean told Bobby about that whole mess with Crowley and what Samuel did—the locked rooms, the ghouls, all of that. I wanted to see and hear how Bobby took this information, knowing how much he cares about them—and at the time, specifically Dean with Sam being soulless.

Samuel (eyeing Sam): Sam. You’re looking well.

Sam: Save the small talk, alright?

Samuel (with a head tilt): You seem different.

Sam: I got my soul back, no thanks to you, I hear.

Samuel: You hear? You don’t remember?

Sam: I remember enough.

During all of this, Rufus is fidgeting in the background and finally can’t take it, breaking in and wanting to talk shop. He asks Samuel what they’re hunting. And, of course, Samuel has all of the information they have—and then some. Making me wonder how he got all that intel since he no longer had Crowley’s demon connections.

Or…did he?

He tells them that the MoA calls herself Eve and that every freak they hunt can trace their origin back to her.

Bobby: How the hell do you know that?

Samuel: You don’t know half the things I know, kid.

Bobby’s you smug son of a bitch smile at being called ‘kid’ was utterly priceless. In fact, I think I need an avi of that expression. Seriously.

Samuel (bopping his head toward Gwen): You didn’t even know about us until recently.

Bobby: I know you’d throw your own kin to hungry ghouls. I think I know enough.

Gwen (finally coming to life) is all, what? Samuel claims that Dean lied to them. I mean, after all, Dean’s not there to protest, Sam doesn’t remember, and Bobby only knows Dean’s side, right? But Bobby, bless him, tells Gwen to go ask Dean. Which she does.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


Gaelicspirit is a storyteller. She is a recent addition to Whedonverse Network, but has been writing and posting recap/reviews of Supernatural on LiveJournal since 2007. She works as a freelance writer and consultant in the real world, and is ever-connected to the six-degrees of Joss Whedon.


  1. Ugh! All I could say about this episode was… why? A real let down after the sharp one of last week… and seemed like a pretty cheap way to unload past cast members who could have had much more interesting stories to tell. Seriously, that’s all for Grandpappy Samuel?! We hardly knew ya!

    But I was also disappointed by the wimpy take on on “The Thing” meets cliched brain-worm from Star Trek.

  2. I had several people mention “The Thing” in comments on my LJ. Apparently I missed out having never watched it. *laugh* I remember something vaguely about Kurt Russell having a Grissly Adams-type beard, but that’s about it. The brain worm was just…gack.

    I was more going on the title than anything. And in my efforts to see all things positive about Show, it did make me tense not knowing who they were going to kill off and how. But the ‘why,’ as you point out, was definitely murky. Especially for Samuel. I can hand-wave Gwen — she was red-shirted from the jump. And I can mourn and get over Rufus, though he would have made an awesome recurring character. Bobby-worthy almost.

    But it’s Samuel that gets me. Like I said in the ramble, it’s entirely possible it will all become clear in retrospect. And sure, his death could easily be construed as a life gone sideways. But looking at it from a broader picture — from the viewpoint of the over-all story arc — every character introduced should have a reason tied to the plot of the story or why have them there? They just get in the way. UNLESS they’re a purposely place Red Herring. Which, maybe he was. That’s always possible. *considers*

    But so far, the information we’ve been given is that Gramps was pulled out of Heaven the same time Sam was pulled out of Hell (both by Crowley, presumably, though I have my serious doubts about that) and that he spent a year and a half working for Crowley, capturing and torturing Alphas for intel on the location of Purgatory in exchange for the promise of Mary.

    The boys get all tangled up with him, in different ways, and then he tries to kill them. He never finds Purgatory, never gets Mary out (both would have affected the boys and the storyline), and managed to get all of his relatives except Dean and Sam killed. Then he just gets possessed by a worm and gets killed by his grandson??

    Plot-wise (for me) that was a big, huh?? Why introduce him, his allegance with Crowley, his desire to get Mary back, all of that just to kill him off without any of those things realized? The only thing I saw that he brought to the storyline was twisting up the boys’ heads and adding a layer of tension. But that could have been done in so many other ways….

    Which leads me to think that his story can’t be over — there has to be something else we haven’t seen yet coming up in the last several episodes. I just have to believe there’s more to the story because him dying this way seems pointless story-wise.

    Annnddd…I’ve spent way too much time on this. Sorry. *laugh* Thanks for commenting, Simon! :)

    • Sounds like you’re thinking along slightly different lines as SPN fan critic Mo Ryan, who posted her own recap/view on the episode yesterday:

      She seemed to think that Samuel’s story was played out, but regretted the loss of Gwen, and earlier death of Corin Nemec’s character Christian.

      • Hey there — just saw this.

        I haven’t read Mo’s review. I think there is room for plenty of differing thought when it comes to the introduction of the Campbell clan and by extension a lot of other hunters. I could see where some would think the loss of a female character, raised a hunter, is a regret. We get very few good female characters — and by good I mean both solid characterization and “not evil.”

        I would still like to get some back story on Christian. I didn’t like him from the start (as evidenced by these rambles) and I would have liked to know exactly when he was demonized.

        But I have to respectfully disagree with the idea that Samuel’s story was played out. It may have lost steam or the writers may have lost the plot, but they brought a character whose story not only made a significant impact on Dean when he traveled back to 1973, but also was part of what seemed to kick-start the plight of the Winchester brothers: Mary’s deal for John’s life. In a way, she sacrificed her father for that, and Dean saw.

        So, knowing Mary is such a beacon to the brothers not only because she was their mother but also because she was taken from them and sacrificed her spirit to save them, the writers choose to return her father for the nebulous reason of bringing Mary back…have him work with a demon…have him betray his grandsons…. *shakes head*

        I don’t know. In much the same way I feel that Crowley’s death was too quick and wonder if there’s more to the King of Hell than we have yet seen, I feel like Samuel’s story isn’t finished. Or…it shouldn’t be. It may be that the writers are done with him, but I feel it’s a loose end.

        I suppose we’ll all see in time, yeah?

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